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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

It’s Uni Watch’s 2012 MLB preview!

• The Marlins—now the Miami Marlins—have gotten a complete overhaul. Public opinion seems to be mostly along the lines of “Those sure look silly,” but here’s a little secret: Uni Watch thinks they look pretty good, especially the home whites. Sure, they used too many colors, but Miami is a colorful town, so why not? And did anyone—seriously, anyone—really love the old design? Yes, there are a few problems, mainly involving the ginormous cap logo and the absolutely brutal uni numbers, but I bet those get tweaked in a year or two. When you look at the whole package, the feeling here is that it’s not so bad. Also: The Marlins have unretired one of history’s more dubious retired numbers.

Miami Marlins
Some observers have panned the Marlins’ colorful new uniforms, but we see definite improvement.
• The Mets may lose a lot of games this season, but at least they’ll look great doing it. As you can see in that photo, black has finally been excised from the team’s uniform program: no more black drop-shadow on the letters and numbers, no more black sleeves or socks (not even on the road), no more black caps (ditto) and no more black belts. They are keeping the solid-black alternate jersey for one more season, but it will only be worn sparingly (read: just often enough to blow through the rest of the unsold inventory at Sports Authority), and probably just on the road, before being swapped out for a blue jersey next season. In addition, the Mets will be wearing two sleeve patches this year: one for the team’s 50th anniversary and one for Gary Carter. The anniversary logo will also be worn on the back of the cap. Great job all around. True Mets = Blue Mets!

• Come on, Nationals—no memorial patch for Gary Carter? The Nats used to be the Expos, after all. Disappointing.

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• The Marlins—now the Miami Marlins—have gotten a complete overhaul. Public opinion seems to be mostly along the lines of “Those sure look silly,” but here’s a little secret: Uni Watch thinks they look pretty good, especially the home whites. Sure, they used too many colors, but Miami is a colorful town, so why not? And did anyone—seriously, anyone—really love the old design? Yes, there are a few problems, mainly involving the ginormous cap logo and the absolutely brutal uni numbers, but I bet those get tweaked in a year or two. When you look at the whole package, the feeling here is that it’s not so bad. Also: The Marlins have unretired one of history’s more dubious retired numbers.

Miami Marlins
Some observers have panned the Marlins’ colorful new uniforms, but we see definite improvement.
• The Mets may lose a lot of games this season, but at least they’ll look great doing it. As you can see in that photo, black has finally been excised from the team’s uniform program: no more black drop-shadow on the letters and numbers, no more black sleeves or socks (not even on the road), no more black caps (ditto) and no more black belts. They are keeping the solid-black alternate jersey for one more season, but it will only be worn sparingly (read: just often enough to blow through the rest of the unsold inventory at Sports Authority), and probably just on the road, before being swapped out for a blue jersey next season. In addition, the Mets will be wearing two sleeve patches this year: one for the team’s 50th anniversary and one for Gary Carter. The anniversary logo will also be worn on the back of the cap. Great job all around. True Mets = Blue Mets!

• Come on, Nationals—no memorial patch for Gary Carter? The Nats used to be the Expos, after all. Disappointing.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 27, 2012 at 05:39 PM | 31 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. TerpNats Posted: March 27, 2012 at 08:44 PM (#4090724)
The Nationals didn't have a patch for Harmon Killebrew, who actually played in Washington. However, they did hang a jersey with his #3 in the dugout, and I hope they will do likewise with a #8 for Carter.
   2. vortex of dissipation Posted: March 27, 2012 at 08:59 PM (#4090738)
for the two season-opening games against the A's in Tokyo, the M's will wear a Gloops advertising decal on their batting helmets and a Boeing ad on their sleeves.


Interesting. For the games in Japan the Mariners will wear the corporate logo of the company that designed the aircraft that dropped the atomic bombs on Japan.

   3. Charlie O Posted: March 27, 2012 at 09:16 PM (#4090748)
About 25 years ago I saw a "Pearl Harbor Survivor" license plate on a Mitsubishi parked at Jack London Square in Oakland.
   4. WillYoung Posted: March 27, 2012 at 09:20 PM (#4090750)
The changes for Toronto and Baltimore are huge improvements. Also, when I was in DisneyWorld a few weeks ago I was surprised by how much I liked the new Marlins caps after seeing them on people - they looked way better than I imagined.
   5. shock Posted: March 27, 2012 at 09:58 PM (#4090766)
Yeah, they look way better on people than they do on Jeff Loria.
   6. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: March 27, 2012 at 10:12 PM (#4090775)
Uni Watch is one of the few absolute goods in the world.
   7. asinwreck Posted: March 28, 2012 at 12:46 AM (#4090859)
Beer Frame was another absolute good.
   8. Coot Veal and Cot Deal's cols=“100” rows=“20” Posted: March 28, 2012 at 12:58 AM (#4090863)
The changes for Toronto and Baltimore are huge improvements.


Yes on Toronto, hell no on Baltimore.
   9. Coot Veal and Cot Deal's cols=“100” rows=“20” Posted: March 28, 2012 at 01:04 AM (#4090866)
I'm a native Washingtonian who lived in Cleveland for eleven years... I absolutely LOVED Cleveland (I'm back in greater D.C., unfortunately), but the Wahoo thing is an embarrassment and needs to be killed, as does "Redskins"...
   10. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: March 28, 2012 at 04:33 AM (#4090887)
I'm a native Washingtonian who lived in Cleveland for eleven years... I absolutely LOVED Cleveland (I'm back in greater D.C., unfortunately), but the Wahoo thing is an embarrassment and needs to be killed, as does "Redskins"...

Uni Watch is currently arguing about this very topic. I'm a bit biased, since my college was forced to change its unique (and in my mind, very cool) tribal nickname to a very generic one, despite the fact nobody was complaining about the nickname except the usual PC bozos. (What's worse: Caucasian morons doing "war whoops" at football games, or self-appointed moral/political guardians telling the rest of us what's appropriate and what isn't? You decide...)
   11. Coot Veal and Cot Deal's cols=“100” rows=“20” Posted: March 28, 2012 at 07:38 AM (#4090949)
(What's worse: Caucasian morons doing "war whoops" at football games, or self-appointed moral/political guardians telling the rest of us what's appropriate and what isn't? You decide...)

Using the names of a people as a team's nickname has never struck me as offensive, in and of itself. "Redskins," however, isn't a tribe name (not that I mean to put that particular twist on your particular comment), it's a slur. In Cleveland, the outrageous Wahoo caricature is really the problem, morseso than calling the team "Indians," it seems to me. I'm surprised that neither franchise has voluntarily eliminated something that more than a few folks seem to find insulting. I had meant the original comment to be uniform related... Cleveland's baseball team managed to soldier on for a quite a while without using the Wahoo logo, while the Redskins' Warrior-in-Profile logo has always struck me as complimentary.

Anyhow, I hope we never see the USFL-inspired styles that have become so prevalent in other sports infect Major League Baseball.
   12. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: March 28, 2012 at 07:49 AM (#4090957)
It seems pretty clear that slurs and racial caricatures should be unacceptable. I don't typically see much problem with ethnically derived team names, especially if there's a long history behind it.

I also dig the Miami uniforms, and particularly the home whites. They're modern while still looking like baseball uniforms.
   13. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 28, 2012 at 09:44 AM (#4091062)
I don't typically see much problem with ethnically derived team names, especially if there's a long history behind it.


I agree. That's where the NCAA was messing up. I have no problem with "Fighting Sioux" if its done with honor and respect (its a lot more respectful than "Fighting Irish" and their logo). But the Indians logo is ridiculously racist. I can't believe its 2012 and they still have it. All these other teams change their logos all their time to sell more merchandise, and yet the Indians cling to this silly caricature. It says something when the logo they had in the early 20th century is a lot more respectful than the one they have now.
   14. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: March 28, 2012 at 09:57 AM (#4091078)
Go ahead and add me to the list of people who don't see a problem with the "Indians" name, but are extremely uncomfortable with Chief Wahoo. The block C logo is just fine, especially in a city that adores its logo-less football team.

I'd prefer the 1980s block C to the current block C, though both are acceptable.
   15. DL from MN Posted: March 28, 2012 at 10:13 AM (#4091098)
I like the Twins doing Millers throwback jerseys but they should have had a throwback Saints day on the calendar too. Maybe next year.
   16. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: March 28, 2012 at 10:21 AM (#4091106)
Keep the nicknames, ditch the logos. (It won't stop there, of course, because once you make one concession, they'll expect more and more. So be prepared to show some backbone.)

EDIT: they should have had a throwback Saints day on the calendar too.

Awesome!
   17. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: March 28, 2012 at 10:27 AM (#4091110)
It's not a concession, though, if we're all opposed to the use of racial slurs and caricatures. It's an agreed-upon principle.
   18. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: March 28, 2012 at 10:28 AM (#4091111)
I have no problem with "Indians" as a nickname. "Redskins", though, is an embarrassment, and should have been changed years ago. It's the moral equivalent of having a team called the "Gooks" or the "Pakis".
   19. Karl from NY Posted: March 28, 2012 at 10:51 AM (#4091141)
I actually like the Mets' black jerseys. Yeah, black marks you as a leading trendsetter of about 1991, but it actually does look good on the Mets. Never liked pinstripes on the Mets, why in the world would you want to evoke your crosstown rival?

Blue Jays look great, except for jersey numbers drawn with the double lines. That still looks 70's-future and doesn't work as retro-future, they should just go with regular block lettering.
   20. aleskel Posted: March 28, 2012 at 11:00 AM (#4091149)
I'm in the "yes to Indians, no to Redskins, no to Chief Wahoo" camp too.

As far as the Redskins are concerned, why not just change the team name to the Braves? That's a sports team name with a long history that's generally non-offensive, akin to Warriors. And they can keep the logo that way.
   21. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 28, 2012 at 11:34 AM (#4091178)
I would guess "Braves" is trademarked. Change it to "Potomacs" or "Patawomecks" if you want to be historically accurate.
   22. Dread Pirate Dave Roberts Posted: March 28, 2012 at 11:47 AM (#4091189)
As far as the Redskins are concerned, why not just change the team name to the Braves? That's a sports team name with a long history that's generally non-offensive, akin to Warriors. And they can keep the logo that way.


Interestingly enough, that was their original name. They shared a stadium with the Boston Braves and, as was the style of the time, they also called themselves the Boston Braves. When they moved from the baseball Braves' stadium to Fenway, the Red Sox wouldn't let them use the Braves name (advertisement for their cross-town rivals), so the team changed it to the Redskins. After just one year, the Redskins' owner was so upset over Boston's lack of support of the team that he actually held the Redskins' NFL championship game in NY instead of Fenway and moved the team to DC the next year.
   23. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: March 28, 2012 at 12:13 PM (#4091228)
About ten years ago, the Redskins owners copyrighted the name "Washington Warriors", supposedly for an Arena Football League team they planned to form. The arena team never materialized, though, and many believe they have the Warriors name just in case they ever have to get rid of "Redskins".
   24. Karl from NY Posted: March 28, 2012 at 12:21 PM (#4091237)
"The Washington Redskins have announced a name change to distance themselves from racial hatred and conflict. The team will now be known as the Maryland Redskins"
   25. WillYoung Posted: March 28, 2012 at 04:26 PM (#4091570)
I like the Twins doing Millers throwback jerseys but they should have had a throwback Saints day on the calendar too. Maybe next year.


There's no reason to ever celebrate St. Paul (unless you're leaving it).
   26. DL from MN Posted: March 28, 2012 at 05:02 PM (#4091624)
There's no reason to ever celebrate St. Paul (unless you're leaving it).


A very non-handshake sentiment if there ever was one.
   27. NTNgod Posted: March 28, 2012 at 06:58 PM (#4091745)
That's a sports team name with a long history that's generally non-offensive, akin to Warriors.


Marquette disagreed.

Grumble, grumble.
   28. Monty Predicts a Padres-Mariners WS in 2016 Posted: March 28, 2012 at 07:16 PM (#4091759)
Beer Frame was another absolute good.


I did not realize that Uni Watch was by the guy from Beer Frame! Man, I loved that zine. I still have a couple issues somewhere. And the Inconspicuous Consumption book.
   29. smileyy Posted: March 28, 2012 at 08:07 PM (#4091797)
That's a sports team name with a long history that's generally non-offensive, akin to Warriors.


Marquette disagreed.


According to the law of renaming, they'll have to become a colored bird of prey.

Miami (OH) Redskins became the RedHawks
Marquette Warriors became the Golden Eagles

I'm going out to trademark the Washington Purple Kestrels. But when I was a kid, I thought peregrine falcons were really awesome too.
   30. flournoy Posted: March 28, 2012 at 08:33 PM (#4091810)
They could become the Peregrine Tooks.
   31. vortex of dissipation Posted: March 28, 2012 at 10:28 PM (#4091928)
According to the law of renaming, they'll have to become a colored bird of prey.

Miami (OH) Redskins became the RedHawks
Marquette Warriors became the Golden Eagles


Seattle University Chieftains also became the Redhawks.

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